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Conservation and Preservation Resources: Digitization and Digital Preservation

Conservation and preservation resources for peers, students, and members of the community.

Team Digital Preservation and the Planets Testbed

The Team Digital Preservation animated video series is produced by DigitalPreservationEurope(DPE) and describes digital preservation concepts in a light-hearted yet highly informative way. DigitalPreservationEurope builds on the earlier successful work of ERPANET, facilitates pooling of the complementary expertise that exists across the academic research, cultural, public administration and industry sectors in Europe.


The Archipelproject is a recent collaboration by organizations in Belgium, to study digitization and digital preservation of cultural heritage materials. They have a very interesting series of videos describing the project and its challenges.


FUTURESTATES: Digital Antiquities


By 2036, data loss has become a thing of the past. All digital media is instantly uploaded to the internet and permanently stored in the cloud, safely backed-up on servers scattered around the world. Only a handful of small businesses in the world have the expertise to recover data from pre-cloud devices. On a hot summer day, a young man named Kai visits Digital Antiquities, a store in eastern Pennsylvania specializing in data recovery and sales of vintage electronics. He shows Cat, the store’s only employee, an old compact disc left to him from his deceased mother and asks her to recover its contents. Will Cat help him find a working CD reader? And what will they discover among the contents of the disc?

Format Obsolescence

From CBS Sunday Morning, March 1, 2009


Keeping Up With Data Rot: Computer formats come and go leaving some users with data no longer compatible with software or hardware. As David Pogue reports, this is called data rot. While somewhat date and mistitled, it is more about format obsolescence, this short video explains the concepts well.Read more:

See also NDIIPP and the Online Video Revolution, the Library of Congress' digital preservation blog for more resources.

Digitization and Digital Preservation Resources

Best Practices:

  • These Best Practices — also referred to as the CDP Best Practices -- have been created through the collaboration of working groups pulled from library, museum and archive practitioners. 

Online Courses:


  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Extensive record of publication on digitization and digital preservation topics.
    • Reports: CLIR has published more than 140 reports on topics relating to preservation, digital libraries, economics of information, trends in information use, international developments, and the changing role of the library.
    • CLIR Issues: bimonthly in a newsletter format, covers topics relevant to CLIR’s agenda.
  • D-Lib Magazine: D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.
  • RLG Diginews: Bimonthly Web newsletter that provided indispensible reports on evolving practices and technology for digitizing materials and digital preservation of research collections, as well as in-depth coverage of notable projects in the field. It was produced by staff in the Department of Research, Cornell University Library, in consultation with RLG and, later, the RLG Programs unit of OCLC Programs & Research. Published 1997 - 2007.

Other Sites:

  • Digital Preservation 101: POWRR (Preserving Objects With Restricted Resources). While many larger institutions have made considerable headway on digital preservation, many medium- and smaller sized institutions have struggled to make similar progress, largely due to a lack of economy of scale. This project will investigate, evaluate, and, as its close, recommend scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources. Working closely with nationally recognized standards-based vendors of digital preservation solutions, the project will also investigate potential business models that would provide equitable access to digital preservation to libraries of all sizes. The Northern Illinois University Libraries will carry out this research with a board of advisors and partner libraries at Chicago State University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Western Illinois University.

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Peter D. Verheyen
Peter D. Verheyen
Research and Emerging Issues Analyst
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
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